Introduction to Branford, Connecticut
Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 6 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 71 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan area.
The Mattabesech Indians were the first inhabitants of this area. The first European settlers in New Haven bought land from the Native Americans in 1638. This area, which later became known as Branford, was known as 'Totoket' at that time. A trading post was set up here by the Dutch in the 1600s. The community is said to have been named after the town of Brentford, England. The town of Branford was established in 1644. The salt produced here was used to preserve meat for the Revolutionary army and Branford became a popular resort area in the mid-19th century. Yale University was founded in the town of Branford.
Branford and nearby Attractions
- Harrison House
- Connecticut Trolley Museum
- Saltonstall Lake
- Twin Lakes Golf Course
- Connecticut State Boat Launching Area
- Hotchkiss Grove Beach
Things To Do In Branford
The town of Branford offers visitors the chance to indulge in a variety of recreational activities. One can visit the historic sites and museums like the Harrison House and the Connecticut Trolley Museum. The Connecticut State Boat Launching Area and the Twin Lakes Golf Course are very popular tourist spots. The town’s Hotchkiss Grove Beach, Short Beach and Hotchkiss Cove Beach are ideal for those who enjoy the spending a day in the sand. In addition, the Branford Festival is hosted in the town every June.
New Haven Airport provides air transportation to Branford.
Branford Higher Education
Branford Hall Career Institute, the Connecticut School of Electronics and Shoreline School of Art and Music are the local institutes offering courses in higher studies.